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Old 09-16-2020, 10:48 PM
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I have had it for several years now and I still love it. The firmware upgrades have each raised the bar and at no additional cost to end users. It did need a good long burn in but it is still wonderful out of the box.
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Old 05-04-2021, 01:51 PM
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Sorry to read that the latest software upgrade Sunlight will be the LAST one!
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Old 05-04-2021, 02:18 PM
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We can all guess why.
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Old 05-04-2021, 08:55 PM
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I have owned the DirectStream DAC since 2014. It has had a much better run than my other DACs already. My XDS1 had one firmware update after I got it. The Playback Designs had 2 or 3 - one of which was a bug fix and these cost way more than the PS Audio.

I think the last one was supposed to be 3 firmwares ago from memory. But Ted (while working on the next gen) found a lot of the improvements he made were also applicable on the new ones, so kudos to PS Audio
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I just re-read the press release on Sunshine. I saw no mention of this being the final release for the DAC. That would be a shame if it is done.

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I just re-read the press release on Sunshine. I saw no mention of this being the final release for the DAC. That would be a shame if it is done.
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“ Windom was our last major upgrade and now, Sunlight is the latest (and last) in the series. To learn more about the Sunlight free upgrade, you can go here.

Sunlight is, as I mentioned, the last in DirectStream’s nearly seven-year history. This, of course, means there’s a new DS peeking its head over the distant horizon sometime late this year.”
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Old 05-04-2021, 09:56 PM
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The release I received did not have that text in it.
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On the PS Audio forum they have stated for a while this is the last upgrade for the DS. I installed it a couple of days and am stunned. The sound from top to bottom is much improved along with a lower noise floor and wider soundstage. Kudos to Ted for pulling yet another rabbit out of his hat!
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Wasn’t there a rumor that Ted was working on an ‘ultimate’ level DAC?

I would expect that to be the reason for no more updates to the DS.
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Ted's doing both a DS Mk II and his two box TSS. The Mk II will come first later in the year. A few months ago he provided direction and a parts list to upgrade the transformers to a higher level for those that wanted to in the original DS. Supposed to result in a big improvement for about $100 in parts from Edcor.
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